We went to work early this morning to do some vehicle hides and Hops did better than the first time. He stuck to my car better and had some good lessons about wind and vehicle hides. Then my first lesson arrived, a very friendly 10mo Old English Sheepdog and she and Hops played for awhile before the lesson started. They both had a blast running around and chasing each other. Hops then slept through her lesson and my first class.
When we went home for my break we did some peanut, doughnut and balance disk
work. I am going to try to do this every day with all three dogs for two
weeks like the instruction video says too. He already seems to have great core
strength and loves working on all the balance equipment.
Back at work Hops wanted to do nosework with the rest of the class and was a
little fussy. When I covered the crate though he quieted. During the short break
between that class and the next I took Hops on a short traffic walk in the dark
and he was calm and comfortable. Then he and Rice raced around the agility
arena, Hops barking as he chased Rice around and around. I then had Hops do some
tunnels and chutes with chasing me and playing tug as a reward. I tried rear
crossing a straight tunnel and not only did he continue forward to the tunnel
despite my lateral motion behind him but he repeatedly turned the correct
direction coming out! Good boy!
Hops was good through the next class then had his fun and focus one class. We
started with pushes and pulls around chairs and out in the open, then I set up
stations for the students to rotate through. At one station they practiced
backing to a plank then staying in two on two off position despite treat, toy
and motion distractions. In another they walked across a tippy board. At the
next station they practiced doing forward sends around a jump standard then
running through the short chute, and at the last station the digs ran through a
long, dark, curved tunnel, then through a jump standard to the table to do auto
downs. Jeremiah said Hops did much better focusing on him this week though he
was still biting him. Hops also played tug well with Jeremiah between
activities. After the stations the dogs did a short course consisting of a jump
standard, a table, a jump standard, a curved tunnel, a plank, another jump
standard and ended with the chute. Hops and Jeremiah did a great job with the
sequence and boy is Hops fast!
For dinner I had Hops practice some of the cues he knows (sit, down, stand,
face, back, roll, say hello, touch, heel and side) and he did a great job not
getting them mixed up. I end the session by working on being able to release one
dog at a time. I started by having both he and Rice in a sit and one cookie on
the ground. I said Rice release and blocked Hops when he tried to get the
cookie. I reset them both and this time said Hops release and let him get the
cookie. After a few reps Hops was able to keep his sit while I released Rice and
still get up right away when I released him. Later I brought Dillon into the
game and Hops was able to stay while I released Dillon and Rice to cookies on
the floor. Smart puppy!